My one word resolution for 2016 is Persistence.
I rarely wait until New Year’s Day to decide what one word I will choose to inform my actions through the coming year. I begin on Solstice – darkest night. It is when the new year begins to me as we the wheel turns minute into the light and spring and rebirth. I feel hopeful and full of the possibility that like nature, I too can begin again, be renewed, and choose new paths.
I light my candles, recite my small mantra (aka spell) and sit and sip and ponder the past. I drew a card from the major arcana of my Tarot deck. I spoke volumes about my current moment and showed so many possibilities.
Long story short my One Word is Persistence.
Why? Simple as I sat and looked back at 2015 I saw the myriad of projects started but never finished. Paintings in varying stages of completion, but not yet done; Essays – ditto; blogs – ditto; and query letters for a completed children’s picture book – ditto.
And so I chose Persistence. I’m not going to do everything all at once. I started by taking the Painting-a-Day Challenge for January. I will paint one new painting every day of January and complete one unfinished one from my archive.
I will post one Blog a week – that’s easy as I write in my journal on a daily basis and it’s just a matter of transcribing an edited version for publication.
I’ve taken the following quote – one of my all-time favorites and posted it above my desk. I paired it with a photo I took long ago of a flower growing in the middle of a sidewalk blooming where it was planted.